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Editorial comment: We should value books every day

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 February 2018

Parents have been protesting over a proposal by Godwin Primary School to paint over 600 potatoes for World Book Day. Parents Diane Martin and Sara Cotham-Cox with children Marley Wilks and Logan Cotham-Cox both aged 3. Picture: KEN MEARS

Parents have been protesting over a proposal by Godwin Primary School to paint over 600 potatoes for World Book Day. Parents Diane Martin and Sara Cotham-Cox with children Marley Wilks and Logan Cotham-Cox both aged 3. Picture: KEN MEARS

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World Book Day is an important event in the school calender.

We should do all we can to encourage reading and a passion for books in children at a young age.

Schools should be encouraged to embrace the concept of World Book Day but must be considerate of the areas and people they serve.

You can’t criticise the enthusiasm of Godwin Primary School for World Book Day and their appetite to do something different to capture the imaginations of their pupils. But it was an error of judgement to plan to distribute hundreds of potatoes for primary school children to take home and decorate when many in the borough rely on foodbanks and the price of a hot meal in the family home is often a stretch.

Full credit to parents who raised the issue and led school bosses to rethink the plan.

World Book Day is held each year to celebrate stories, foster a love for reading and in some way inspire a new generation of authors.

In a cyber-obsessed world when books are threatened by Kindle or the iPad it’s also a timely reminder of the fun you can have with books and your children.

Teachers can only do so much in the time they have with our children during a school day.

I believe it’s important to read with children as much as possible and it’s one of those simple pleasures I treasure with my daughter most evenings.

Her favourite at the moment is Paper Dolls and it often feels like World Book Day every day in my house.

Look out for our special supplement next week as we celebrate this great day.

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